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(Updated    April 22  2017
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.26 billion (1260 million)
Mobiles    1236 million 
Landlines: 24 million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:   280 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless : 260 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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IT happened in India
  Infosys launches next-gen AI platform, Nia
Palo Alto, California, US, April 27, 2017:  India-led global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services,Infosys, has launched  a  next-generation Artificial Intelligence Platform -- Nia --building on the success of the Company’s first-generation AI platform, Infosys Mana, and its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution, AssistEdge. ....
Clipwiser eases the pain of online comparison shopping
 New Delhi, April 26 2017: Social commerce start-up, Clipwiser,   has launched a mobile application shopaholics at  Android and IOS application stores.  The app of the same name, lets a user connect to his/her friend and follow their shopping trends. ....
MSMEs grapple with complexities of GST -- with a little help from product companies
 The micro, small and medium businesses -- 90% of Indian enterprise -- have concerns about some aspects of the  new tax regime Bangalore, April 26 2017: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), the umbrella association for traders in the country  has raised concerns  about  the impact on certain clauses of the Goods and Services Tax Law on  small businesses. ...
Indian students help detect hate speech in Twitter
Students from IIIT Hyderabad bag top poster prize at WWW conference with their solution By Anand Parthasarathy It’s just  160 characters, but the reach and impact of a single tweet goes  a long  way. ...
Hey map, tell me how to get there!
 Indian companies are giving the ancient art of cartography, a digital spin -- with  3-D, video and voice Gurugram, National Capital Region: Robert Louis Stevenson,   best known as the author of the kids' classic 'Treasure Island',  once wrote: 'To travel hopefully,  is better than to arrive. ...

Education and e-learning
CISCO sets up IoT centre at RV Engineering College
Bangalore, April 3, 2017: The local RV College of Engineering (RVCE) and Cisco today announced the launch of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) fin Internet of Things (IoT) to give the next generation of students the digital skills and training necessary for 21st century jobs. ....
Kerala leads Open Source drive in education
 State is a leader in migrating schools system, to FOSS By Anand Parthasarathy Thiruvananthapuram, March 3 2017: Kerala's school  education system has  fully migrated to Free and Open Source software ( FOSS), making this arguably the largest  such rollout globally in the educational arena. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Qatar Airways beefs up its tracking technology with help from Inmarsat
 April 26 2017:  Qatar Airways has activated an advanced new space-based system, supplied by Inmarsat, to track all of its flights across the world.   Inmarsat worked exclusively with Qatar Airways to develop this cutting-edge solution, which covers its current route network of over 150 destinations worldwide, in addition to any future routes that will be introduced. ....
Accommodation Distribution System, roomsXML, is first to have mobile interface for travel agents
Bangalore, April 12 2017: roomsXML is an Accommodation Distribution System. As on 12 Apr 2017, it  offers a single feed to 94,565 global properties (3-star and above) across thousands of destinations around the world at the best available net rates. ....

LiveHealth grows to cover 450 diagnostic centres in India
April 16 2017: A Pune based health care startup founded in November 2013   has grown to cover 450 centres in 43 cities in India, serving  600,000 patients.  LiveHealth  delivers medical records to patients on their mobiles, and connects them to healthcare providers in their city,  creating a smooth and seamless  ecosystem for well being. ....
PSTakeCare is an app for that surgical journey
Bangalore, December 4 2016: Developed by Takecare Technology Pvt. Ltd,  PSTakeCare is an Android health app that provides end-to-end assistance for patients who need to undergo a surgery. The app offers a list of various surgeries and hospitals that can perform them. ....
From iWave comes a Make-in-India healthcare platform for OEMs
Bangalore, December 1 2016: The many uses of IoT  in healthcare are changing business in the  medical industry through mobile medical applications, wearable devices, telehealth systems etc. ...

Product Pulse
Samsung Galaxy 8: Beauty sans boundries
 The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are stunners for  sore eyes in the smart phone market By V. Sudhakshina New Delhi, April 24 2017: If there were a fashion show for smart-phones, the newly launched Samsung Ganlaxy S8 and S8+ would definitely be the show stoppers. ....
Panasonic Eluga RayMax: AI, AI, Captain!
 The new pair of smart phones from Panasonic come with in-built artificial intelligence Bangalore, April 4 2017: A lot of mobile apps these days try to track your behaviour by logging your usage. The beneficiaries of this data is either Google or companies that want to sell you something! The good news is that we now have devices that use your own data to make life simpler for you. ....
Redmi 4A is value for money 4G phone
Bangalore, March 27 2017: Xiaomi's latest India launch  has come off a manufacturing line in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. ...

IT's for you
  Speech technology expert C-Zentrix spreads its wings
New Delhi, April 26 2017: Gurgaon-headquartered communication management provider C-Zentrix,   has carved outr a niche for itself in the evolving business of  speech technologies for  contact centres.  The company  has partnered with US-based  speech analytics expert GoVivace,  to build  a  speech analytics platform  for an enhanced omni-channel customer experience platform. ....
Cool graphic designer tool
Bangalore, April 11 2017: The camera on the smartphone is turning us all, into photo artists. Suddenly, even the least artistically inclined among us, needs to tweak or clean up selfies, prepare images for Facebook covers or Twitter headers. FotoJet is a free online graphic designer, collage maker and photo editor rolled into one, from China-based PearlMountain Ltd. ....
Big Data in Telecom industry, will be focus of Singapore summit
Singapore, March 26 2017: “Big data and analytics-related services continue to gain traction among local businesses, with the Asia Pacific excluding Japan market expected to grow from $3. ...
Eat, Sleep, Exercise, and Repeat!
Zebronics upgrades its fitness wearable range with the Zeb-Fit 500 Bangalore, March 18 2017: It's 2017 and wearables are going mainstream! Just like a smart-phone, fitness trackers too are being looked ujon  as a necessity. ...
Dell launches hybrid cloud solution, leveraging EMC, VMware
February 28 , 2017:  Dell EMC today announced that its turnkey hybrid cloud platform, Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC), will be available for the first time on Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, the company’s hyper-converged infrastructure offering that has seen substantial market adoption since its launch a year ago. ...

IT people
  Nitin Kunkolienkar is new MAIT President
New Delhi, April 13, 2017:  Nitin Kunkolienker, Director and  Member on Board,  at Synegra EMS Ltd is to be the new President of MAIT, the apex body representing India’s IT hardware, training and R&D service sectors. Nitin has been part of the MAIT’s management team in the past and has had a string of successful associations with various industry bodies starting off with Verna Industries Association (VIA), he has also headed diverse industry and social organizations like Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), Vidya Vikas Mandal (VVM), Goa Management Association (GMA) and now will be succeeding Ms Debjani Ghosh for a President’s role at MAIT. ....
Ninad Karpe to advise money management app, Slonkit
Mumbai April 13, 2017: Ninad Karpe, former MD and CEO of Aptech, has joined the Board of Sienna Systems to advise its flagship brand Slonkit, India’s first money management app linked to a physical VISA card,  that helps youngsters to learn the art of smart money management from a very early age. ....
Technopreneur Krishna Yarlagadda on board at Smartron
Bangalore, March 21, 2017: Indian tech OEM and IoT company,  Smartron,  has announced that  eminent technocrat and serial entrepreneur Krishna Yarlagadda, has come on board  as an investor and strategic advisor. ...

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Indian IT is dead
 Indian information technology workers might do better without the companies that held them back.....BUSINESS STANDARD April 10 2017

Ameerpet, India’s unofficial IT training hub
Ameerpet, a squeezed neighbourhood of Hyderabad has become India’s unofficial cramming-college capital. By 7.30am the place is already buzzing as 500-odd training institutes cater to over 100,000 students looking to improve their IT skills....THE ECONOMIST  March 30 2017

The curious case of Indian animation
Much of the painstakingly detailed animation for the live-action/ CGI Disney film The Jungle Book was done in the Bengaluru offices of the Soho-headquartered Moving Picture Company. The film won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects this year. A lot of the advanced computer graphics technology used to shoot the tiger scenes in Life of Pi was done in the Mumbai and Hyderabad offices of Los Angeles-based SFX company Rhythm & Hues. Life of Pi won the Best Visual Effects Oscar in 2013......Why is there such a dearth of good quality content at home when there’s so much Oscar-winning talent? THE HINDU  March 26 2017


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